XDA Editorial

Device Review: Oppo Find 5

All too often, major device manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, and Motorola steal the thunder with their announcements and product releases, leaving little room for smaller OEMs to enter the market. Today we're going to put aside the HTC One and Samsung's Next Big Thing to talk about the Oppo Find 5, the Chinese company's first foray into the global...

Secure Encryption–An (Oxy)moronic Attempt by Apple?

In case you are someone like I am who doesn't follow the annual "update" of iOS, this is where they make it more like Android and make use of some features Android has had for years (i.e. notification pull-down), and announce a few changes and "new" things the rest of the world has done for...

Android Permissions: Permissively Insecure?

Android, as an operating system, is fairly unique in that it makes users aware of the permissions available to apps in a fairly transparent way. Compared to Blackberry or iOS, which issue granular prompts such as "Can Angry Birds access your location?" or "Can Instagram access your camera to take photos?" There is a somewhat...

Say Sayonara to the Play Store – Part 1

The Play Store As promised, the first in our series of "Say Sayonara to Google" articles is about the Play Store. Love it or loathe it, the Play Store is popular. It is so popular, in fact, that it is often berated for the poor quality of apps contained within. While Google is making strides to...

Say Sayonara to Google Apps

What is freedom? This is a big question being asked by people around the world over the past few years. Many of us believe (and often rightly so) that we are fairly free. Arguably, this is correct in many countries throughout the world. You have political freedoms and many many more. But do you have...

Compromised Sky Apps and the Security Aftermath

After our earlier article warning users to uninstall the Sky apps from their devices, it's time to take a look at the technical significance of this attack. Firstly, the attackers have managed to do two key things here, each of which should each be impossibly difficult for the Play Store update system to be secure: Gained access...

Sky UK Apps Compromised on Play Store, Uninstall Them!

Today is Sunday, 26th May, and across the world, many people have woken up following a leisurely lie-in to the small notification of an updated app being available. Nothing unusual there, or so you'd think. The only difference is that today, some of these app updates may well have been malicious updates, pushed to some of...

App Analytics, or the Death of the Independent App Developer

This is entry number one in a series of articles about tools for app developers, today focusing on app analytics. The goal of these articles is to spur conversation in our new app development forums, so go there and contribute your experiences. I was on a plane last week, sitting next to a 15-year-old Japanese girl....

FairSearch.org Claims Android is a Trojan Horse (not the Malware Type)

I have been a News Writer (among many other things) on XDA-Developers for a little over 3 years and have written well over 1,000 articles. I have covered topics ranging from themes and icon packs, development news, and even some more intricate stories, which have had a much greater reach than I would have thought....

Oppo Find 5 Receiving Open Source Project Love

Here at XDA, you've probably seen us talk about collaboration. The dictionary defines collaborating as "to work with another or others on a joint project." We take collaboration seriously, so much so that we actually frown when we see members of the community not take it as seriously. What makes us even more upset is when manufacturers don't take it seriously, though that rant is...

Kernel Source Released for Some HTC One Variants and the Droid DNA

OK. It's no big secret. The HTC One is a great and exciting device. You've heard us talk about it---everything from the launch event and preliminary benchmarks to giving the device and its carrier variants a place on our forums. Now, we have kernel source for some One variants, which is great news for those looking to...

CyanogenMod Stats: Why You Should Opt-In

I'm going to guess that you heard about CyanogenMod no longer giving users the chance to opt out of providing anonymous usage statistics. You did not however, hear it from us. This is simply because right before our article about the change was due to be posted, we received word that this was being reverted....